There are four standards that must be met to become a Tree City USA community: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.
In addition to these items, the City of Tallahassee encourages maintenance and growth of the local canopy in a variety of ways, such as the Adopt a Tree program and tree planting projects on City property. Recently, this included planting Live Oaks and Magnolias at Tom Brown, Lake Elberta, Chittenden, Oven and Lafayette parks.
“Visitors and residents alike always express awe and appreciation of the expansive tree coverage here in Tallahassee, and maintaining this natural amenity is a community priority,” City Commissioner Nancy Miller said. “From protecting our Canopy Roads to enhancing the canopy through the Adopt a Tree program, this community honors the vital contribution our tree canopy and majestic oaks make to our quality of life and sense of well-being. We take pride in being named as a Tree City USA.”
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
For more information about the City’s Urban Forestry program, please call 891-5677.